Pre-Colloquium PhD Workshop 2022

This workshop will be taking place on Tuesday, July 5, 2022, from 09:00 to 23:00 CEST, prior to the main 38th EGOS Colloquium 2022.

Period for submission of applications:

  • Start: Monday, November 1, 2021

  • End:  Tuesday, January 11, 2022 [23:59 CET]

Pre-Colloquium PhD Workshop 2022

Neil Pollock
University of Edinburgh Business School, United Kingdom
Elke Schüßler
Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria
Regine Bendl
WU Vienna, Austria

Call for Applications

EGOS strongly encourages doctoral students to become active members of its vibrant and diverse community of organization scholars. The pre-Colloquium PhD Workshop provides a platform for students working towards a doctorate in organization studies to interact with, and learn from, fellow students and top scholars in various areas of research and scholarly inquiry. It is designed as a springboard for successful academic careers by examining important issues such as publishing, re­viewing, and collaborative research; the event also provides a number of networking opportunities.

What to expect?

The pre-Colloquium PhD Workshop is offered to a limited number of students in ad­vanced stages of the dissertation journey (selection based on quality of application), and best suits the needs of those working with qualitative or mix-method designs. It is taking place on Tuesday, July 5, 2022, prior to the main 38th EGOS Colloquium.

The workshop covers the following topics, among others:

  • Publication process. Participants will examine the publication process together with experienced scholars and journal editors in order to learn from cases of success and failure in formulating, writing, submitting, and revising papers for top-journal publication.

  • Art of reviewing. Experienced scholars and journal editors will also offer insights into the art of reviewing as an essential component of the peer-reviewed publication process. Understanding and appreciating the review process will help in writing high-quality reviews as well as in successfully addressing reviewers’ comments and publishing one’s own work.

  • Dissertation journey. The workshop will enable participants to approach their doctoral dissertations with renewed vigour by engaging in discussions on research design and methodologies with renowned colleagues, and by reviewing their dissertation proposals with the help of others – fellow participants and more senior researchers who work in the respective area of scholarly inquiry.

  • International academic career. The mix of scholars from diverse academic backgrounds and institutions from around the globe is a key strength of EGOS, as well as of this workshop. Participants will gain exposure to similarities and differences across countries and continents in how academic processes work. This will also enhance their understanding with regard to different career opportunities and career paths.

The pre-Colloquium PhD Workshop is organized primarily around participative interaction. Students are expected to prepare assigned readings carefully prior to the workshop in order to be able to act as informed and active contributors. They will, however, not be asked to formally present their own work; rather, students will exten­sively comment on their dissertation projects in small roundtable sessions, with a senior academic as a facilitator and discussant.

Application guidelines

Please apply for admission to the workshop by Tuesday, January 11, 2022 at the latest. You should do so by uploading [via the EGOS website] a single PDF file that contains the following mandatory sections:

  • Name + contact details, including e-mail address, and phone number.

  • Doctoral program, including affiliation, main area(s) of studies, name(s) of your supervisor(s), and stage of your PhD work (e.g., “3rd year finalizing data collection; initial data analysis ongoing; all coursework completed”). – Please indicate if you have previously applied to a pre-Colloquium PhD Workshop (when) and have not been offered a place.

  • Motivation. A paragraph on how you will benefit from this workshop. Please clearly indicate your specific developmental needs (e.g., publishing, reviewing, collaborative research, career issues, getting your first job, methods, etc.).

  • Dissertation summary. Approx. three pages’ description of your doctoral dissertation project, including title, a precise research question, theoretical framing, empirical research design and preliminary findings, and references. Your description should also clearly convey how data have been collected/analyzed, and concisely indicate the academic field to which the thesis aims to contribute. [Your summary will serve as the basis for your assignment to a roundtable and the discussion in the feedback sessions at the workshop. You will get an opportunity to update your summary closer to the event.]

Please note!

  • The entire application document should follow the above-mentioned sections and must not exceed 4 pages.

  • Applications that do not adhere to the guidelines will not be accepted; no late sub­missions will be allowed.

  • The number of participants is limited (applications in recent years by far out­numbered admissions). The quality of the proposal and the student’s potential benefit from the pre-Colloquium PhD Workshop are the primary criteria for admission.

  • You should not apply if you already participated in a pre-Colloquium PhD Workshop in previous years. Please also make sure you actually are able to attend: a late cancellation might block an opportunity for one of your colleagues.

  • When applying for the pre-Colloquium PhD workshop, you will be asked to indicate your mode of participation (in person or virtually/online), should your application have been accepted. Virtual participants in the pre-Colloquium PhD Workshop will have access to streamed lectures/discussions and participate in fully virtual roundtables. Depending on the interest and the number of virtual participants, there may be the option of participating in virtual social events.
    For the main Colloquium, the organizers at WU Vienna have introduced a hybrid initiative involving seven sub-themes that combine in person and virtual participation. Those who are attending the pre-Colloquium and main Colloquium virtually will have a reduced Colloquium registration fee [tba in spring 2022]. Having said this, for the EGOS Colloquium 2022 in Vienna we see online participation as an exception rather than a rule, and encourage you to participate in person to derive the most benefit from the pre-Colloquium PhD Workshop.

  • Successful applicants will be notified by the end of February 2021. – For all administrative inquiries, please contact:

Participants are strongly encouraged to apply for other pre-Colloquium workshops offered on Wednesday, July 6, 2022, as well as to consider the submission of a full paper to one of the sub-themes at the main EGOS Colloquium 2022. All details are available on the EGOS website.

Neil Pollock is Professor of Innovation and Social Informatics at the University of Edinburgh Business School, United Kingdom. He primarily carries out research on IT that sits at the intersection between organization studies, science and technology studies, information systems, and economic sociology. Neil is currently working on the ‘2nd most important pitch’, which is a research project investigating the development and growth of digital start-ups. Neil co-organized the pre-Colloquium PhD Workshops in Edinburgh (2019), Hamburg (2020), and Amsterdam (2021).
Elke Schüßler is Professor of Business Administration and Head of the Institute of Organization Science at Johannes Kepler University, Linz, Austria. Most of her work examines societal transformation processes related to globalization, digitalization and the climate crisis, paying particular attention to organizational and institutional innovation as well as work relations. She is currently co-PI of a research project on Organizing Creativity through Entrainment and of a project on Digitalization and Work Organization. Elke is a member of the EGOS Executive Board, where she has been engaged in the paper awards nomination process, the development of EGOS’ sustainability measures, and the pre-Colloquium PhD and Post-doctoral activities. Elke is also a member of OS4future.
Regine Bendl is Associate Professor at the Institute for Gender and Diversity in Organizations at WU Vienna, Austria, for which she served as Professor and Chair from 2015 to 2020. Her research focuses on organizing and managing diversity, gender/feminist/queer perspectives, subtexts of organization theories, and the intersection of diversity, embodiment and organization. Regine was convenor of the EGOS Standing Working Group (SWG) on ‘Gender and Diversity’ from 2010 to 2016. She organized the pre-Colloquium PhD Workshops on Gender and Diversity in 2012 and 2013, and the EGOS Women’s Network Meetings 2015 and 2016. Currently, she edits the ‘Encyclopedia of Gender and Management’ together with Jean Mills, Albert Mills & Kristin Williams.